By Troy Muller
Wednesday’s big Patroon Conference match-up featured 10-1 Maple Hill heading to Hudson to take on the 8-2 Bluehawks. It was a close game until midway through the first quarter when Maple Hill went on a little run to get the edge over Hudson to take a 14-10 lead after one quarter of play.
Opening up the second quarter of play, still having a two-point lead, up 14-12, Maple Hill went on a 8-0 run to take a 22-12 lead. Maple Hill would finish the first half up 28-17 at that point, was the largest lead of the game for them.
Maple Hill kept on the attack in the 2nd half going on a run taking a 45-24 lead in the third quarter. Hudson did go on a 9-0 run of their own to cut the lead down to twelve, but it wasn’t enough for them as Maple Hill finished off the game outscoring them 8-4 the rest of the 4th quarter.
Jenna Hoffman lead Maple Hill in scoring, with 10 points. Abby Utter had two three’s and finished with 8 points. For Hudson, Deja Beauford did the majority of her team's scoring, finishing with a game high 19 points. Abby Jepsen had 6 points, all of them coming from down town.
Shots weren’t falling for Hudson for the better part of the game, causing Maple Hill to get the win over them by the score of 53-37. It was a tough and disappointing game for Hudson as this loss has Patroon Conference implications, as highlighted by Hudson’s coach Brice Ivery.
“We have to bounce back, you know we want to. But that was for a piece of the Patroon if we won the rest of the games. I’m just disappointed. It was their day (Maple Hill) they won. I take nothing away from those girls. They worked hard, they beat us.”
Maple Hill's coach Seth Hendrick talked about how big of a win this game was for his team.
“Actually, the last couple of years Hudson has been up top in everything and we’ve been kind of in the shadows. So, we’ve been playing pretty good this year. It’s good to be back on top again.”
Hudson falls to 8-3 while Maple Hill improves to 11-1 on the season.